Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by JirinPanthosa, Nov 20, 2012.
Also saw Masks again recently. Data by the fire trying to keep warm as the old man.
I am not a fan of 'Sub Rosa' because I dislike romance stories. However, I thought Frakes did the best job I'd ever seen by anyone in the direction and camera angles with Gates McFadden; he really turned her into a sex goddess. His directing of her in the 'Cause and Effect' quarters scenes was also impressive.
"Masks" is wonderful, weird, and original. Definitely a highlight of the last season.
I wouldn't call "Sub Rosa" a straight romance story. If it was, it would be utterly boring and unTrek-like. To that end, it's actually a fairly inventive science fiction story with a frame of a supposed romance story, which of course devolves into your basic technobabbly alien-of-the-week plot, but not necessarily in a bad way. The set design and costumes were all pretty nice too.
The episodes where the romance feels shoehorned in tend to fail a little, like in some of the earlier episodes with Riker + random alien woman he falls desperately in love with in the space of half a day for no apparent reason except to further the plot. Like, for instance, "The Outcast"...I really want to like this episode. It has a great message. The romance subplot feels utterly forced. Same with "Yesterday's Enterprise." Yar does not sell me on her romance with Lieutenant Hammy McHandsome from the Enterprise-C. Maybe it's a result of their fairly poor acting skills, but then again, maybe it's just because it all felt so forced, like the only reason we believe they are in love is because the plot requires it. There's no chemistry. Don't even get me started about Seven of Nine and Chakotay. That's about when I threw my hands in the air and tuned out Voyager completely.
You do know that nobody forced you to watch the show, right?
Look, I'm not saying it was Trek's best moment. I was just saying being a dog owner and someone who loves dogs, I appreciated the sentimentality of the story, however misguided it was.
yes, "nobody forced me to watch the show." That's a constructive response to my criticisms.
I like dogs, too.(though I prefer cats) But ANIS was a stupid, pointless episode that makes Archer look like a petulant six-year-old.
I agree. The mythology behind the premise is the basis of storytelling in human culture. I always thought it was a great example of original thinking on the part of the writers.
"Omega Glory" still makes me proud to be an American, just as it did that first time. It was probably Kirk's best soliloquy, IMO.
I prefer to see ANIS as all about Phlox's grooming habits which are infinitely more interesting than Archer's love of his dog.
"Let He Who Is Without Sin". Fundamentalist loonies preaching that the boogeyman is lurking behind every corner and unless the Federation change its hedonistic ways, its all gonna collapse. Sounds like the Religious Right/Tea Party to me.
^and you think this episode is unjustly hated?
Yeah. I've seen people trashing it for years. To me, its a warning that if you let fear and suspicion run amok, then you ultimately lose your freedoms. Granted, "the Drumhead" handled a similar concept much more successfully, but I have no problem with "Let He..."
Plus Jadzia and Leeta in swimsuits!
"The Drumhead" is an excellent treatise on paranoia and placing power in the wrong hands. It is permanently on my favorites list, if nothing else, for Aaron Satie's "quote".
"With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied – chains us all, irrevocably." -Judge Aaron Satie
While not hating it, The Drumhead is pretty close to the bottom of my personal "like list," because of it's heavy handedness. Star Trek's message stories are best when they are subtle, and not pounding the audience over the head with "Watch carefully, we're telling you something important now."
Alright, I'll throw out some that I KNOW I'll be in the minority about. I LOVE Alexander and any episode that he was featured in. Mainly because I can relate to the sense of being abandoned that he had after he first returned to the Enterprise after being shipped off to Earth then once again when (despite Worf's acceptance that Alexander's path would not be that of a Warrior) he is shipped off again and then left to find his own way.
"First Born" was one of my favorite episodes and I feel that the father/son relationship should not have been put on the back burner for as long as it was after this episode. I mean, until "Sons and Daughters" no one on DS9 even knew that Worf had a son!!
Worf was a terrible father.
You would have thought Jadzia, having experienced being a parent from both genders, would have found this offputting.
I figured that she might not have seen too much of that first hand since when he babysat for the O'Brians he was pretty good with the kid.
I also think that if Jadzia had live she could have helped to bridge the gap with Alexander and Worf.
eh, she didn't have to see it. Where was the kid all those years? NOT in Worf's custody.
That's a huge red flag.
After we saw what a whiny-bitch he became on DS9, I'd have sent him away too.
Why eps like Measure... go on my justly overrated list.
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